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Thomas Barnes, of Farmington

Also Known As: "Goodman Thomas Barnes"
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Essex, England
Death: June 9, 1688 (69-77)
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of father of Thomas Barnes, of Farmington and mother of Thomas Barnes, of Farmington
Husband of Mary Barnes of Farmington, convicted witch and Mary Bronson
Father of Sarah Scoville; Joseph Barnes; Benjamin Barnes; Hannah Barnes; Thomas Barnes, Jr. and 1 other

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About Thomas Barnes, of Farmington

1. THOMAS BARNES was born 1615 in Essex, England, and died 9 JUN 1688 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

He married Mary (__) w\o Thomas BARNES ABT 1648 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She died 25 JAN 1661/62 in Hartford Co., Connecticut.

He married MARY \ MARIE ANDREWS 23 MAR 1661/62 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of JOHN ANDREWS and MARY \ MARIE LILLEY. She was born 15 APR 1643 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1708 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Children of THOMAS BARNES and Mary (__) w\o Thomas BARNES are:

  1. 2 i. Sarah BARNES was born 1650 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died AFT 1700 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married John SCOVILLE 29 MAR 1666 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was born 1635.
  2. + 3 ii. Joseph BARNES was born 26 MAY 1651 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 23 JAN 1740/41 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
  3. 4 iii. Benjamin BARNES was born 24 JUL 1653 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 24 APR 1731 in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Kimberly MALLORY. He married Sarah INGERSOLL ABT 1684 in Farmington, Hartford, CT.
  4. 5 iv. Hannah BARNES was born 1657 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1663



  1. 6 i. Thomas BARNES was born 1665 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 20 MAR 1741/42 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Mary JONES 7 JUN 1690 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She was born 1668 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
  2. + 7 ii. EBENEZER BARNES was born 1676 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died APR 1756 in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut.


Thomas Barnes, (Sen) of Farmington (Vol 1, page 402) will date Jan 9, 1688, mentioning his wife Mary. It refers to her as his "sd." wife, not sure if this means second or stated? Also mentiones a son Thomas, Ebenezer, and other children "already gone from me and disposed in marriage". John Hooker of Farmington and John Stanley sen. both witnessed the will, and it was approved by the court on March 6, 1689/90, after Thomas Barnes' death (he died sometime before Feb 7th of 1689/90, based on John Hooker's oath of that date). This would be the THomas Barnes who made the contract on March 23 1662/3 with John "Androos" to marry his daughter and stating how he will provide for her on his death, and "putting out" all his children except Benjamin and possibly Hannah is his wife will allow her to stay.

Thomas Barnes, father of Sarah Barnes, wife of John Scovell, was an early settler at Hartford, and one of the soldiers in the Pequot War in 1637. For that service he received a grant of land in the Soldiers' Field in Hartford. He had disposed of his Hartford lands before 1649, and removed to Farmington, perhaps in 1646. The surname of his first wife Mary has never been found. She was tried on an accusation for witchcraft and on Feb. 6, 1662-3, was convicted.There can hardly be any doubt that she was executed. Homer Worthington Brainard (1915).


________________________________ MARY BARNES EXECUTED AS A WITCH

      Not every family can claim the dubious honor of having an ancestor executed as a witch but the many descendants of Mary Barnes, first wife of Thomas Barnes of Hartford, Connecticut can make this claim.
      In 1662 a young girl named Ann Cole began naming certain townspeople as witches.  Ann, who had suffered from epileptic or similar seizures for years, would cry out during these seizures that witches were tormenting her.  She named three people as her primary tormenters: Nathaniel Greensmith, his wife Rebecca, and Mary Barnes.
      In early January 1663/4 a trial was held to hear the various testimonies of the plaintiff and the defendants.   Rebecca Greenfield quickly confessed to being a witch and, with many ludicrous tales, implicated her husband Nathaniel.   Evidently, Mary defended herself and denied being a witch.
     On January 25, 1663/4 both of the Greensmiths and Mary Barnes were found guilty.  They were hanged that very day.  No chance for an appeal was given.  “Justice” was swift in those days.  The so-called witches had the distinction of being the last 3 persons executed in Connecticut for this crime.
     Thomas and Mary Barnes were the parents of 3 children: Sarah, Benjamin and Joseph.
     Their daughter Sarah married John Scoville and this couple was among the first to settle in Mattatuck, now Waterbury, CT. in 1674.   In 1686 they moved and, again, were among the early settlers of a new town called Haddam, CT.  John and Sarah Barnes Scoville were the parents of John Jr., William, Edward and Benjamin.
     William Scoville, born circa 1761, married Martha whose maiden name is unknown.  William was wounded while on an excursion against the Indians and it was said his wound made it impossible for him to do heavy labor.  In 1708/9 William was the schoolmaster in Haddam, CT.   He and Martha had 2 sons: William and John.
     William Scoville Jr., born June 1706, married Hannah Shailer in 1734.  He later died in 1788 and she died in 1802.  They were the parents of 14 children including Hannah Scoville who married Oliver Bailey.  This couple followed some of their children to Bradford County, PA.

(See Bailey Family.)

      Thus, today, there are many descendants of Thomas and Mary Barnes who can claim their lineage descends from a witch.


Caution - Mistaken profiles

Profiles for three similar Thomas Barnes:

Thomas Barnes-217 - Thomas of Hartford then Farmington with correct spouses and children attached.

Thomas Barnes-657 of Surrey England - in the past incorrectly merged with Thomas of Hartford - See Barnes-657

Thomas Barnes-775 of New Haven then Middleton - See Barnes-775

Many genealogies freely confuse the several Thomas Barnes of Connecticut. Because these men immigrated from England, probably in the 1630s, and lived in colonial Connecticut in adjacent counties, it is quite difficult to keep the facts concerning them separate, but they are indeed unrelated individuals.

To add to this confusion, there were at least two other Thomas Barnes in the nearby Massachusetts Colony who were alive at about the same time (Trescott, 1907, p. 4-5).[1] Biography

"Thomas is referred to as the Thomas Barnes of Hartford, CT. He was one of the first 40 settlers in Hartford, CT,

Thomas Barnes was in Hartford early enough to participate in the Pequot War of 1637. There is no record to show whether he came with the first settlers in 1635 or shortly after, but his name appears tenth in a list of 41 who "were Granted lotts to have only at The Townes Courtesie wth liberty to fetch wood & keepe Swine or Cowes ..." and received land grants in 1639 in Hartford, and later in Farmington ... where he joined the Farmington church 30 Jan 1652/3.[2]

He removed to Farmington and served as a Sergeant in the Trainband of Farmington, CT in 1651. He joined the Farmington Church about 30 Jan 1652/3 and was the 30th member. Subsequently, two of his sons were baptized there.

Thomas Barnes married 1st to Mary

. She was charged with witchcraft and summoned before the General Court held 6 Jan 1662/3, where she was convicted before a jury of twelve men (see Colonial Records, 1658), then executed.

Children of Thomas Barnes and Mary

   Sarah b --- marr 26 Mar 1666 John SCOVILLE
   Benjamin b 1653 marr Sarah ---- settled in Waterbury
   Joseph b 1655 marr 8 July 1684 Abigail GIBBS
   Hannah living in 1663 

He married 2nd by contract, a prenuptial agreement dated 23 Mar 1662/3 to Mary Andrews, daug of John and Mary Andrews (Androos or Androus) of Farmington. Thomas was well over 40 years old and Mary born in 1643 was not yet twenty.

Children of Thomas Barnes and Mary Andrews:

   Thomas b abt 1666 marr 1690 Mary JONES daug of Richard
   a daughter living in 1693
   another daughter living in 1693
   Ebenezer marr 8 Apr 1699 Deborah ORVIS, daug of Samuel & Deborah 

Around 1661, he gave Farmington a rear portion of his land for a burying ground. In 1668, he gave another portion on the street for the same purpose, and in 1695, his son Joseph sold a third portion to the town. The earliest burials there are unmarked. The oldest stone which can be deciphered are 1685.

"Thomas residence in Farmington was 123 Main Street. In 1946, Mrs. Hurlburt wrote an article concerning the Barnes' Home for the Colonial Dames Society as the "Barnes-Mix-Lawrence House"."

After the death of Thomas Barnes, this widow Mary became the 2nd wife of Jacob BRONSON and mother of two more children. Estate

Thomas died about 1689.

"A Deed of Guift made by Thomas Barnes sen. (which is to stand as his last Will), dated 9 June 1688 ... mentions beloved wife Mary Barnes ... son Thomas ... Ebenezer ... Thomas .[Probate Records vol 5, 1687 to 1695, page 53-4].. John Hooker of Farmington made Oath on the 7th of February, 1689-90, ... was the free Act and Deed of Thomas Barnes, sen., Decd Court Record, Page 11 - 6 March, 1689-90 [3] Sources

   ↑ Mike Clark, BARNES FAMILY GENEALOGY (version 1/13/13)
   ↑ "McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines" by Selim Walker McARTHUR, publ 1964, p 57
   ↑ Thomas Barnes, Sen. Location: Farmington A Deed of Guift made by Thomas Barnes sen. (which is to stand as his last Will), dated 9 June, 1688: This may certify to all Concerned: That I Thomas Barnes sen., of Farmington, for & in Consideration of the natural Love & Good Affection to my wife & Children hereafter mentioned, & for other good Causes moving, have given and granted as followeth: To my beloved wife Mary Barnes I give the Use & Improvement of halfe my Homelott, Dwelling house, Orchard, Barn & Yard lying and being in the Township of Farmington; as also the Use & Improvement of halfe my Land in Paquabuck Meadow & Con chee. The Use of the Lands and houseing above mentioned I give to my sd. wife during the term of her natural life. The particulars above mentioned, according to the Tennour expressed, I give to my wife provided she shall pay or cause to be paid the 1/2 of my Just Debts. To my son Thomas Barnes I give the 1/2 of my Homelott, Dwelling house, Orchard, Barn & Yard lying and being within the Township of Farmington; also half my Land in Pawquabuck Meadow & Conshee, with half my Quick Stock & halfe my Household Stuffe; the other halfe I give to him after my wife's decease. To my son Ebenezer I give 1/2 the Lands in Pawquabuck Meadow and Conshee after his Mother's decease; also, my 4 acre Lott lying at Rattlesnake Hill, & 1/2 of the rest of my Woodland or Outlands lying in the Farmington Bounds, at the age of 21 years. The other halfe of these last mentioned Woodland or Outlands I give to my son Thomas Barnes. To my Children which are already gone from me and disposed in marriage, I have formerly given according to my Ability, with which I expect they shall acquiesse. Witness: John Stanly sen., John Hooker. Thomas X Barnes. John Hooker of Farmington made Oath on the 7th of February, 1689-90, before William Lewes, Comms., that the Instrument was the free Act and Deed of Thomas Barnes sen., Decd. Court Record, Page 11--6 March, 1689-90: Will approved by the Court."A Digest of the early Connecticut probate records" compiled by Charles William Manwaring, vol 1 1635-1700, publ 1904 pg 401-402;view=1up;seq=409 

See also:

"The Barnes family year book" compiled by Trescott C. Barnes, vol 1, publ 1907, p 4, 9 http://;view=1up;seq=19;size=175

"Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657" by Meredith B. Colkert, Jr., publ 1975. p 18

Early Puritan Settlers, p 141.

Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America - 1967- Henry Whittemore, p 27.

The Memorial History of Hartford County, CT, p 229.

Ten Generations of the Barnes Family in Bristol, CT, by Fuller F. Barnes, 1946, Chap. 1.

The Westward Migration of one Line of the Descendants of the Thomas Barnes of Hartford and Farmington, CT, Clair Elmer Barnes, 1966.

Ancestry of Fanny Barnes and her Husband Thomas Knight, Chap. 3.

Farmington Town Clerks and Their Times.

Genealogy Record, E. McInnes, 1996.

American Ancestry, Vol IV, 1889. Acknowledgements

and many, many more ....

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Thomas Barnes, of Farmington's Timeline

Essex, England
Age 28
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
May 26, 1651
Age 36
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
July 24, 1653
Age 38
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Age 42
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
January 6, 1665
Age 50
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Age 61
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut
June 9, 1688
Age 73
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut